Women are fighting an eternal battle with cellulite and more often than not, we seem to be on the losing end. What makes this stubborn skin condition so difficult to eliminate? It helps to know more about the enemy. Here are some facts that will give you a better understanding of what lies beneath that dreaded orange-peel skin.
1. Everyone can get it
Yep, even Kate Moss has it, so if you have it, it doesn’t mean that you’re overweight. Everyone has a layer of fat under their skin — whether it is even or not depends on the connective tissue bands in their skin.
2. It develops in areas with less circulation
Bad news for those with desk-bound jobs — you’re more prone to developing cellulite. Exercise will help, of course, while regular body scrubs, massages or dry-brushing can diminish those lumpy bits, too.
3. There are three types of cellulite
Adipose cellulite (firm cellulite on loose skin) causes the dimply orange-peel effect, oedematous cellulite (soft cellulite on loose skin) is caused by fluid retention and fibrotic cellulite is hard and compact.
4. There’s also a grading system for it
There are four different levels of cellulite development:
Grade 1: No visible cellulite, even when the skin is pinched.
Grade 2: No visible cellulite when lying down or standing. An orange peel texture can be seen when the skin is pinched.
Grade 3: Cellulite is visible when standing, but may disappear when lying down.
Grade 4: Visible cellulite when standing and lying down.
If you’re a Grade 2, it’s wise to invest in a good anti-cellulite cream and devote some time and effort to massaging it into skin daily. We’d say it’s time to bring out the big guns if you’ve already hit Grade 3 — consider a round of intensive in-salon treatments to stop things from moving into the terrifying Grade 4.
5. Drinking water helps reduce it
It’s true that cellulite can be caused by fluid retention, but that doesn’t mean you should limit your intake of H20. Water flushes toxins out of your system, promoting lymphatic health and boosting circulation, so make sure you drink enough of it daily.
6. Use anti-cellulite cream after exercising
Some people are used to putting it on before a workout, but doing the reverse is actually better — warming up your muscles and getting the circulation going will enhance the performance of the ingredients.
7. Pick products with these ingredients
Centella asiatica helps restore the elasticity of skin, ginkgo biloba boosts circulation and has powerful antioxidant properties that oxidise fat cells, and methyl nicotinate helps decongest body tissue and relieve fluid retention. Caffeine (a common ingredient in anti-cellulite creams) may have an immediate tightening effect, but does not promise long-term benefits.